This weekend could see a Triple Crown winner for the first time since 1978. Even if you're not a horse racing fan, you have to admire the excitement and talent (and of course the parties) that come with the carnival-like atmosphere of the event.

Here at the Radio Ranch, we love any excuse for a great summer cocktail. So when I learned that each leg of the Triple Crown (The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont) each have their own signature drink-- I knew I had to pass along the news.

Whether you're having a party this weekend for the Belmont or just in the mood for a delicious cold drink we've got you covered. Raise a glass to American Pharaoh who is in the running to become the 12th Triple Crown winner and enjoy!

The Mint Julep

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century.

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Sprigs of fresh mint
Crushed ice
Old Forester Straight Bourbon Whisky
Silver Julep Cups

Make a simple syrup by boiling sugar and water together for five minutes. Cool and place in a covered container with six or eight sprigs of fresh mint, then refrigerate overnight. Make one julep at a time by filling a julep cup with crushed ice, adding one tablespoon mint syrup and two ounces of Old Forester Kentucky Whisky. Stir rapidly with a spoon to frost the outside of the cup. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.

The Black-Eyed Susan

The official drink of the Preakness.

1 1/2  oz. Finlandia Vodka
1/2 oz. St. Germain
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz. Lime Juice
3/4 oz. Orange Juice
*Garnish with fresh orange slice.

The Belmont Breeze

The Belmont Breeze is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. Created by New York's premiere beverage authority Dale DeGroff, the profile of the Belmont Breeze comes from the colonial recipe: one of sour, two of sweet, three of strong and four of weak.

1 1/2 ounces of a good American blended whiskey
3/4 ounces Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry
1/2 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1 ounce of simple syrup
(1 ounce of sweet and sour mix may be substituted for the lemon juice and simple syrup)
1 1/2 ounces fresh orange juice
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce 7-Up
1 ounce Club Soda

Shake first six ingredients with ice, then top with 7-Up and club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wedge.